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IQ: To beer or not to beer 

It's true, there are millions of people out there who can't stand beer. But apparently, they're outnumbered — microbrewing is a movement that refuses to fade away. Even in our modest-sized city, the types and amount of locally available beer have exploded recently.

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Chandler Mann
Briargate

Retail associate

Are you a beer drinker? Absolutely.

How often do you drink beer? Every Friday and Saturday.

What's your favorite place in town? I like Copperhead [Road].

Do you prefer beer or wine tasting? I'm not much of a wine drinker, but I was in the club business for a while so I had to endure it.

Top terms you would use to describe beer? Cold, domestic, reasonably priced, available, taste.

Do you think beer is as complex as wine? No. No way. Wine is a lot harder.

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Simone Luca
Cheyenne Mountain

U.S. Army lieutenant

How often do you drink beer? Almost never. I'm not really a beer person.

Have you been beer or wine tasting? No, and I haven't been to an official wine tasting, but my birthday's coming up and one of my good friends is going to take me wine tasting at one of the places here in the Springs so I'm really looking forward to that.

What terms would you use to describe a beer? For a Guinness that I had in Ireland: thick, mealy, kind of like a protein drink. For light beers: sour.

Do you have a favorite kind? I had a blackberry cider beer, and it was actually really nice. It was kind of like a thick soda rather than a beer.

Do you think beer is as complex as wine? Sure. I have some good friends who are total beer connoisseurs, and they actually make their own beer at home. There are all sorts of things you can do with it. If you put creativity and love into anything you make, it can be sophisticated.

Do you have a favorite place to go get a drink? Manitou Springs has a good winery: D'Vine Wine.

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James Howard
Old North End

Bar manager

Do you like beer? Of course! Who doesn't?

Do you have a favorite kind? I'm big on the Newcastle myself. I like the darker beers.

How much beer do you drink? A couple a day. Beer is delicious and should be enjoyed by everybody of age, and responsibly.

How would you compare beer and wine tasting? Beer tasting is a little more laid-back, and it seems like wine tasting is a little more stuffy and a little more for uppity people.

Do you think beer is as complex as wine? Definitely. Oh, yeah. There are several ingredients that go into the beer, and it's a complicated process to make. It's a scientific process.

Top terms you would use to describe beer? Hoppy, bitter, smooth, light, dark, tastes like crap, tastes delicious.

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